Lily Zubaidah Rahim
Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia
Associate Teaching Professor
Lily Zubaidah Rahim is Associate Teaching Professor and Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia for the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She was previously a professor of government and international relations at the University of Sydney, specializing in authoritarian governance, democratization, Southeast Asian Politics, political Islam, and ethic politics.
Her books include The Singapore Dilemma: The Political and Educational Marginality of the Malay Community (Oxford University Press 1998/2001; translated to Malay by the Malaysian National Institute for Translation), Singapore in the Malay World: Building and Breaching Regional Bridges (Routledge, 2009), Muslim Secular Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), The Politics of Islamism: Diverging Visions and Trajectories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and The Limits of Authoritarian Governance in Singapore’s Developmental State (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Her current comparative politics book project focuses on regime change and policy reform in the Malaysia, Indonesia and Tunisia.
Lily has published in international journals such as Democratization, Contemporary Politics, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Journal of Comparative and Comparative Politics, Critical Asian Studies and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Her sole-authored journal article ‘Governing Muslims in Singapore’s Secular Authoritarian State’ was short-listed for the Boyer Prize by the Australian Journal of International Affairs (AJIA).
Lily is Vice-President of the Australian Association for Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) and Co-Convener of the Social Inclusion Network (SIN) at the University of Sydney. She was Convener of the multi-disciplinary ‘Religion, State and Society’ (RSS) Network and President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) – the peak academic association on Malaysia and Singapore Studies in Australia. She has served as a consultant to the Asia-Europe Foundation and was commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the United Nations Human Rights Commission to report on the status of ethnic and indigenous minorities in Southeast Asia.